PUBLIC SAFETY PERSONNEL RETIREMENT SYSTEM
2003 PROPOSED LEGISLATION

Updated June 30, 2003

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H 2025  State Employee Health Insurance

This bill (1) eliminates the requirement that the state self-insure by October 1, 2003 and (2) provides that the state may continue to seek a variety of insurance plans and may self-insure upon the review of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.  

Current Action: 1/13 referred to House Fin-Ins Committee; 1/14 House Fin-Ins do pass; report awaited; 1/15 from House Fin-Ins do pass; 1/15 from House Rules with a technical amendment; 1/16 House COW approved with Rules technical amendment; passed House 57-0; 1/30 substituted in Senate for identical S 1030 and passed 30-0; 2/7 signed by Governor. Chap. 2, Laws 2003.

H 2068  Tech Correction: PSPRS

This bill proposes a minor change to 38-846.01, specifically changing term "life-time" to "lifetime."

Current Action: 1/15 referred to House Rules only; Apparent Striker Bus.

H 2074  Retirement; PSPRS; Military Credit

This bill would have allowed a member to purchase military service credit regardless of whether or not it was on account with another retirement system.

Current Action: 1/15 referred to House Govt-Ret Committee, House Com-Mil Committee; 1/21 House Govt-Ret Committee held; 1/28 House Govt-Ret Committee, STRIKER AMENDMENT

H 2188  State Agency Outside Counsel

This proposed bill applies to state agencies authorized to retain outside counsel and would (1) require such agencies to adhere to state procurement regulations in contracting outside counsel and submit name of the proposed counsel to the JLBC for approval, (2) mandate reporting a breakdown of attorney fees when counsel hired on contingent fee basis, and (3) clarify that such agencies may never incur expenses of more than $500 per hour for legal services in contingent cases.

Current Action: 1/20 referred to House Govt.-Ret, Appropriations Committees; 1/28 House Govt.-Ret. held; 1/28 House Appropriations held; 2/25 House Govt.-Ret with amendment #3330; 3/5 from House Appro on reconsideration with amendment #3508; 3/5 from House Rules okay; 3/6 House COW approved with amendment #3508; amendment #3330 was withdrawn; Note Short Title Change; 3/10 passed House 33-23; ready for Senate; 3/12 referred to Senate Gov; 3/18 Senate Gov. failed 3-6

H 2305  State Employee Health Insurance

This proposed bill removes the monthly expenditure limit that the state can contribute for health insurance for employees and officers and also contains provisions relating to self-insurance through ADOA.

Current Action: 1/20 referred to House Fin-Ins, Appropriations Committees; 2/19 from House Fin-Ins with amendment #3234; 2/25 House Appro referred to subcommittee: Huppenthal (chm), Johnson, Laughter, Lopes; 3/10 from House Appro with amendment #3585; 3/11 from House Rules okay; 3/11 House COW approved with amendment #3234 and #3585; 3/13 House sat as in COW to further amend the bill technically; passed House 55-2; ready for Senate; 3/19 referred to Senate Gov. & Fin. Committees; 3/26 from Senate Gov. do pass

H 2349  Public Retiree Health Insurance

Supplemental medical insurance premium subsidies for certain retirees are extended through June 30, 2005 (prev. June 30, 2003).  After June 30, 2003, to qualify for the supplemental benefit, retired members are required to pay minimum monthly out-of-pocket expenses.  The out-of-pocket amounts are set depending on Medicare eligibility and family coverage (see tables below). 

INITIAL SUBSIDY

Single

Family

Not Medicare Eligible

Medicare Eligible

All Not Medicare Eligible

All Medicare Eligible

One with Medicare

$150.00

$100.00

$260.00

$170.00

$215.00

ADDITIONAL “NONSERVICE AREA” SUBSIDY AFTER OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES

Single

Family

Not Medicare Eligible

Medicare Eligible

All Not Medicare Eligible

All Medicare Eligible

One with Medicare

$300.00

$170.00

$600.00

$350.00

$470.00

REQUIRED OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSE

Single

Family

Not Medicare Eligible

Medicare Eligible

All Not Medicare Eligible

All Medicare Eligible

One with Medicare

$125.00

$100.00

$425.00

$200.00

$400.00

Current Action: 1/22 Committee reference awaited; 1/29 referred to House Health, Govt.-Ret, Appropriations Committees; 2/13 from House Health do pass; 2/18 House Govt.-Ret amended; report awaited; 2/19 from House Govt.-Ret with amendment #3235; 3/10 from House Appro do pass; 3/11 from House Rules with a tech amendment; 3/11 House COW approved with floor amendment #3638, a substitute for amendment #3235, and the rules tech amendment; 3/12 passed House 40-17; ready for Senate; 3/19 referred to Senate Fin. & Gov. Committees; 4/2 from Senate Gov do pass. From Senate Fin with amendment #3913; 4/8 from Senate Rules with a technical amendment; 4/22 Senate COW approved with amendment #3913, floor amendment #4128 and the rules tech amendment; 5/1 passed Senate 26-3; ready for House action on Senate Amendments; 5/14 House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 51-4; ready for Governor; 5/21/03 signed by Governor. Chap. 247, Laws 2003.

H 2397  Public Money Management; Terrorists

This striker bill would require all asset managers and financial firms investing state monies to make semiannual reports that include information on all companies that state monies are invested in and have ties to terrorist sponsoring countries.  Note: See also SB 1296 and HCR 2029.

Current Action: 2/6 referred to House Ways-Means Committee; 2/25 from House Ways-Means with amendment #3320

H 2473  Retirement; PSPRS

This proposed bill provides for the excess investment earnings account formula to be based on the assumed rate of return as determined by the fund manager (previously 9%) or 8%, whichever is greater, and stipulates that benefit increases (COLA's) will not be paid in the event the system is less than 100% funded.

Current Action: 2/13 referred to House Govt.-Ret, Appropriations Committees; 2/25 House Govt.-Ret amended; report awaited; 2/26 from House Govt-Ret with amendment #3352; 3/5 from House Appro with amendment #3510; 3/11 from House Rules okay; 3/11 House COW approved with amendment #3510; amendment #3352 was withdrawn; 3/12 passed House 57-0; ready for Senate; 3/19 referred to Senate Fin; 3/31 Senate Fin held

S 1030  State Employee Health Insurance

This bill was adopted into H 2025.

Current Action: 1/15 referred to Senate Finance Committee; 1/20 from Senate Finance Committee with amendment #3004; 1/28 from Senate Rules okay; 1/30 Senate COW approved with amendment #3004; See H 2025

S 1036  Retirement; ASRS Health Premium Subsidy

This bill would (1) extend payment of health insurance subsidies to retirees or survivors of retirees in "nonservice areas" through 2005 (currently 2003), (2) revise the definition of a "nonservice area" beginning 7/03 to include counties in the state with population less than 200K, except where member or survivor is eligible to enroll in an HMO offered through ASRS, ADOA or the member's employer, and (3) establish minimum out-of-pocket contributions that must be paid in order to receive the benefit.  Note: See also H 2349.

Current Action: 1/16 referred to Senate Finance Committee; 2/10 Senate Finance held; 2/17 Senate Finance held; 2/24 Senate Finance amended; report awaited; 2/26 from Senate Finance with amendment #3346; 3/13 from Senate Rules okay; Senate COW approved with amendment #3346; 3/17 passed Senate 25-5; ready for House; 3/19 referred to House Health, Govt.-Ret, Appro. Committees; 3/27 from House Health with amendment #3853; 4/1 House Govt-Ret held

S 1120  Tech Correction: PSPRS

This bill proposes a minor change to 38-852.01, extending the beginning date when benefits are not to be reduced by social security benefits from May 1, 1973 to April 30, 1973.

Current Action: 1/28 referred to Senate Finance Committee; Apparent Striker Bus.

S 1197  Occupational Disease; Peace Officers

A section of workers’ compensation law prescribing conditions under which occupational diseases such as certain cancers are deemed to arise out of employment for firefighters is expanded to apply to full-time peace officers who regularly are assigned to hazardous duties as members of SWAT teams, bomb squads and the like.

Current Action: 1/29 referred to Senate Com; 2/5 Senate Com do pass; report awaited; 2/6 from Senate Com do pass; 2/10 to Senate consent calendar; 2/11 from Senate Rules okay; 2/13 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House; 2/19 referred to House Util-Muni, Pub Inst-County, Appro; 3/12 from House Util-Muni do pass; 3/18 from House Pub Inst-County do pass; 3/19 from House Appro with amendment #3784; 3/27 from House Rules okay. House COW approved; amendment #3784 was withdrawn; 3/31 passed House 57-2; ready for Governor; 4/7 signed by Governor. Chap. 47, Laws 2003.

S 1222  Retiree Health Insurance; Public

This proposed bill would allow a retired member or survivor of a retired member to participate in their employer’s health care insurance program for active employees at the same gross premium rate as the active employees.  This bill does not require the employer to provide any payment to offset the cost of the health insurance premium for the retired member or survivor.  Note: See also H 2349.

Current Action: 1/30 referred to Senate Finance Committee; 2/17 Senate Finance amended; report awaited; 2/19 from Senate Finance with amendment #3220; 2/25 from Senate Rules okay; 3/12 Senate COW approved with amendment #3220 and floor amendment #3660; Note Short Title Change; 3/13 passed Senate 24-5; ready for House; 3/18 referred to House Govt.-Ret, Appro; 4/1 from House Govt-Ret with amendment #3894; STRIKER AMENDMENT

S 1224  Retirement; Supplemental Contribution

This striker bill amends 38-952 and 38-953.  Specifically, this bill requires that, in electing to participate in the supplemental defined contribution plan, an employee make an election within two years after the employee first becomes eligible to participate in the Plan and that election to participate is irrevocable and continues for the remainder of the employee’s employment with the employer.  The bill also allows the employee to make a one-time irrevocable election of the employee’s contribution amount.  Additionally, clarifies that the employer may annually increase or decrease the employee contributions in increments of one per cent up to the maximum allowed by law.  Finally, it would allow an employer who chooses to match an employees contributions to another plan under the IRS to pay those matching contributions to the supplemental defined contribution plan and clarifies that if an employer elects to match the contributions made by the employee to the Plan, then the match shall be at the rate determined by the employer and shall be paid to the Plan.

Current Action: 2/3 referred to Senate Fin; 2/11 from Senate Fin with amendment #3134; 2/18 from Senate Rules okay; 2/20 Senate COW approved with amendment #3134; 2/25 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House; 2/27 referred to House Govt.-Ret, Appro; 3/25 from House Govt.-Ret with amendment #3828; 4/2 from House Appro with amendment #3930; 4/8 from House Rules okay. House COW approved with amendment #3828 and floor amendment #3991; amendment #3930 was withdrawn. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE; 4/14 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate action on House amendments; 4/17 Senate refused to concur in House amendments and named Martin, Cheuvront and Weiers to a FREE conference committee. House conferees awaited; 4/21 House named Boone, Gallardo and Huppenthal to free conference committee. Senate members are Martin, Giffords and Weiers (Giffords replaced Cheuvront today); 5/1 House adopted conference report #4163. Awaits Senate adoption and final vote in both houses; 5/6 Senate adopted conference report #4163 and passed on final reading 30-0. Awaits final vote in House; 5/15 passed House on final reading 48-0; ready for Governor; 5/22 signed by Governor. Chap. 250, Laws 2003.

S 1296  Public Monies; Investment Protection

This bill proposes requiring all asset managers and financial firms investing state monies to make semiannual reports that include information on all companies that state monies are invested in and have ties to terrorist sponsoring countries.   Note: See also H 2397 and HCR 2029.

Current Action: 2/4 referred to Senate Finance Committee; 2/17 Senate Finance amended; report awaited; 2/19 from Senate Finance with amendment #3217; 2/26 from Senate Rules with technical amendment; 3/19 Senate COW approved with amendment #3217 and floor amendment #3792; the rules tech amendment was withdrawn; 3/20 passed Senate 16-10; ready for House

S 1323  Transportation Peace Officers; Retirement

This proposed bill would allow Dept. of Transportation regular peace officers, who are certified peace officers, eligibility to participate in PSPRS.

Current Action: 2/4 referred to Senate Finance Committee; 2/25 from Senate Finance do pass

HCR 2029  Public Monies Investment vs. Terrorism

Through this proposed Concurrent Resolution, the Legislature urges all asset managers and financial firms that invest or manage monies on behalf of the state to submit semiannual reports concerning companies engaged in business practices within a country designated by the U.S. Dept. of State as one that supports terrorist activities.  Note: See also H 2397 and S 1296.

Current Action: 2/12 referred to House Govt.-Ret, Appropriations Committees; 2/18 House Govt.-Ret. do pass; report awaited; 2/19 from House Govt.-Ret do pass